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Alpine: Focus on safety
The Alpine Skiing calendars for the 2011/12 season have seen some updates. Planned slalom and giant slalom competitions in Japan were cancelled due to the disaster caused by the recent earthquake which consequently meant it was necessary to cancel the other races in Asia due to the excessive travel. These will be replaced by Crans-Montana (SUI) and Bansko (BUL).
The white circus will again stop in Munich (GER) on 1st January 2012 following the highly successful inaugural city event last season in the Olympic Park. The second city event will be held in Moscow (RUS) on 21st February.
The classic Alpine Ski World Cup combined competition in Kitzbuehel, consisting of an addition of the results from Saturday's downhill on the Streif and Sunday's two-run special slalom on the Ganslern piste, stays on the calendar in 2011/2012. The traditional program was favored in place of introducing a super combined event instead of the super-G. The super combined in Wengen also features on the calendar for next season.
During the past winter the first test events took place in Sochi, with two European Cup races for both men and ladies. Next season will see the first competitions at World Cup level as both men's and ladies tours will stage downhill and super combined competitions in consecutive weeks. As scheduled, the World Cup Finals 2012 will be carried out in Schladming, Austria, as a final test event for the 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
The main changes to the Alpine Skiing international competition rules focused on injury prevention and equipment. The Council acknowledged the significant work that has taken place with research and testing of new equipment specifications to try to reduce the risk of injuries. A further meeting of the specialist groups to define proposals for equipment to be implemented from 2012/13 will take place at the end of June 2011. Following recommendations from the working group for Alpine Technical Equipment based on the findings from the FIS Injury Surveillance System, regulations for back protectors and crash helmets were updated and further work is being undertaken with helmet specialists. Moreover, the rules concerning the general characteristics of a downhill course were updated whereby the competitor adapts speed and performance to ski technical skills and individual self-responsible judgment.
The rules concerning the injury status of an athlete were also revised. A competitor will retain injury status whilst he/she has not started more than five (5) times in one event and fifteen (15) times across all events during the season.
Homologation of a slope to specify that the applicant is responsible for the observance of applicable environmental regulations including the completion of any improvements.
Last but not least, the rule was clarified that races, which have to be cancelled during the World Cup Opening and Finals, will not be rescheduled.
Contributed by Sandra Kühni
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